Originally Posted by cdubb
People who have upcoming surgery always ask if they can donate their blood to use later. Medical studies have shown that ppl are more at risk for needing blood transfusions if they donate before, and there are practical things like where to store it, it only lasts so long, what if ppl have surgery canceled for whatever reason.
Is there a timeline on how long your risk for needing blood transfusion after donating? Like is it just the amount of time it takes you to recoup your blood cell count and plasma or is this longer term "damage" we are talking?